Graph based views: Adding a little Zest to your next RCP application.

Ian Bull (EclipseSource (See Innoopract))

Eclipse Platform - UI / RCP · Short - 20 minutes
Wednesday, 11:40, 20 minutes | Room 203/204

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As we already know, tools like the PDE, JDT, Mylyn and even the Eclipse platform make it easy for developers to compute metrics, mine program artifacts and collect a variety of information related to their projects. While these tools make collecting relational information easy, presenting the information to the user in a meaningful way can be a challenge. Many software engineers would like to render graph based interfaces to present this information, however, many engineers consider these interfaces too time consuming to construct.
In this talk we present Zest, the information visualization toolkit for Eclipse. Zest has been designed to make graph based information visualizations easy by bringing the familiar JFace design to graph based views. This talk will outline the existing Zest viewer as well as present the new sequence chart viewer currently under development. The talk will describe how a new user, familiar with SWT/JFace, can quickly create a graph view and polish the view using the Zest style provider. Technical details, such as performance improvements and rendering order, will also be discussed. Finally, the talk will conclude with a demonstration of the plug-in dependency visualization.
Ian Bull is a software developer at EclipseSource and the component lead for Zest, the Eclipse visualization framework. Ian is also an avid proponent of Model Driven Engineering (MDE). Ian has studied how MDE can play a role in the design and generation of information visualizations. His interests include software architecture, component oriented design, human-computer interaction and just about everything related to software engineering. Ian holds a PhD from the University of Victoria.

This session is part of the curated collection of short talks titled
"UI Components Showcase"

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